More snow-related delays and closing updates …
This story has been updated.
As the weather forecast has shifted, local governments have been adjusting their plans for today and tomorrow.
The National Weather Service says there’s a 90 percent chance of precipitation for the Decatur area. If it snows, it will likely be this evening before 2 am the weather service says.
“The snow could be heavy at times,” the National Weather Service says. “Patchy fog after 8 pm. Low around 31. East wind around 5 mph becoming north after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.”
Atlanta, DeKalb County, Fulton County and City Schools of Decatur all cancelled classes for today, Feb. 25. But with the forecast pushing snow back further into the evening, those closings may be extended for another day, though no announcements have been made. Another possibility is that the start of school could be delayed.
The city of Decatur is planning for a delayed opening on Thursday, Feb. 26, due to the weather.
“All city of Decatur offices and buildings will have a delayed opening of 10 am,” an announcement from the city says. “This includes City Hall, Design Environment & Construction and the Decatur Recreation Center.”
Thursday trash and recycling is expected to proceed normally and Municipal court will begin at 6 pm.
The city also provided these phone numbers for residents:
– If you see hazardous or unsafe conditions in Decatur, or require assistance from police or fire, please call the police non-emergency number: 404-373-6551
– Report icy conditions on interstates and state routes to GDOT: 511
The Decatur Recreation Center and Glenlake Tennis Center will close at 5 pm today and plan to reopen at 10 am on Thursday.
Due to the closure of government offices in DeKalb County, early voting for the March 17 Avondale Estates mayoral election will not take place today, the city says. Friday, March 13, is the last day to vote early, the city says.
DeKalb County has also opened warming centers..
“County libraries and recreation centers can be used as warming centers during their normal business hours, and DeKalb County Fire Stations 6, 8, 21 and 25 will be open 24 hours for anyone in need,” the county said in a press release.
Keep checking Decaturish.com for the latest information about weather-related closings.
UPDATE: MARTA also switched to a Saturday bus schedule at 6 pm. Here is the full press release:
MARTA Buses to Operate on Saturday Schedule Starting at 6 pm
Customers using rail must be in station by 1 am
Based on current and anticipated weather conditions, MARTA will make the following changes to its bus, rail and Mobility service.
BUS: Beginning at 6 pm till 11 pm on Wednesday, Feb. 25, bus service routes will be based on a Saturday schedule, weather conditions permitting. Customers whose bus routes do not normally run on Saturday should adjust their travel plans to ensure they arrive at their destinations safely. In addition, customers can go online to http://bit.ly/1Cz9GY2, click on their bus route, choose the Saturday schedule and plan their trips accordingly.
The specific routes that do not operate on Saturdays are:
- Route 24 – East Lake/Hosea Williams Drive
- Route 143 – Windward Park & Ride
- Route 221 – Stone Mountain/Central Drive Limited–(this route is covered by Route 121)
If conditions worsen after 11 pm, MARTA plans to only run lifeline routes to hospitals, medical facilities and dialysis treatment centers for the following:
- Route 6 – Emory
- Route 19 – Clairmont Road
- Route 21 – Memorial Drive
- Route 78 – Cleveland Avenue
- Route 99 – Boulevard/Monroe Drive
- Route 110 – Peachtree Street
- Route 111 – Snapfinger Woods Drive/Stonecrest
- Route 123 – North DeKalb Mall/Belvedere
- Route 148 – Medical Center/Riveredge Parkway
- Route 155 – Windsor Street/Lakewood Avenue
- Route 185 – Alpharetta/Holcomb Bridge Road
RAIL: MARTA rail service will continue to operate on a regular schedule; however, all customers requiring rail service must be in any station by 1 am
MOBILITY: Para-transit service will terminate at 11 pm Customers should call 404.848.5000 and check www.itsmarta.com for additional service information about their trips.
In addition to checking www.itsmarta.com for weather-related updates, customers should download MARTA’s free, “On The Go” app from iTunes or Google Play to track bus and rail arrivals and departures in real-time. Customers can also check MARTA’s Facebook page and @MARTAAlerts on Twitter.
MARTA asks customers to dress warmly in the event of unexpected delays, and to
exercise patience. For additional information, please call Customer Service at 404.848.5000 from
7 am-7 pm weekdays.